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The Khan's Daughter: A Mongolian Folktale

Laurence Yep; Illustrator-Jean Tseng; Illustrator-Mou-Sien Tseng

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ISBN 10: 0590483897 / ISBN 13: 9780590483896
Published by Scholastic Trade, 1997
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Title: The Khan's Daughter: A Mongolian Folktale

Publisher: Scholastic Trade

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Library Binding

Book Condition:Used: Good

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Hearing it foretold that he will marry the Khan's daughter someday, poor shepherd boy Mongke journeys to the Khan's court to prove himself worthy but is taught a lesson by the strong-minded princess that neither of them will forget.

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Grade 1-3?In order to fulfill a prophecy and win the hand of the Khan's daughter in marriage, Mongke, a shepherd, must succeed in three trials. His mother-in-law-to-be sets the first two. To prove his strength, he must steal the wealth of seven demons. To demonstrate his bravery, he must vanquish the enemy. The third trial, however, is imposed by the Khan's daughter herself, after which a humbled but determined Mongke does indeed become a wise and beloved husband. While this retelling of a Mongolian folktale adheres to the predictable and traditional quest motif, Yep succeeds in endowing his characters with multidimensional personalities. Mongke is brave, foolish, boastful, then finally contrite. Women are not simply trophies but actively determine their destiny. The well-paced story effortlessly balances humor and adventure, fantasy and reality, and is wonderfully enhanced by the artwork. From their ravishing cover with its acrylic portrait of the Khan's daughter (and a dashing but much smaller Mongke) superimposed on luminous gold leaf, through the gold-framed watercolors that add a wealth of detail and atmosphere, the Tsengs once again capture a faraway place and time and make it eminently accessible to children?just as they did in Margaret Mahy's The Seven Chinese Brothers (Scholastic, 1990). As a sprightly read-aloud or an opportunity for independent readers to lose themselves in an unfamiliar and fascinating culture, this is a solid addition to folklore collections.?Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
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